3 military officers, 1 policeman shot by armed herdsmen at Agogo
Three military officers and a policeman are receiving treatment at the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital after nomadic herdsmen ambushed and opened fire on them at Serebuoso in Agogo in the Ashanti Region.
The victims, who are members of the Operation Cowleg, are said to have been shot from behind after the security operatives responded to a distress call from a woman that her farm was being destroyed by herd of cattle.
The armed herdsmen, believed to have taken siege in the herd of cattle, then opened fire on the security operatives who had started driving the animals away.
The incident happened at about 12:30 p.m. Monday.
Hospital sources say one of the military officers is in a critical condition. Doctors have successfully removed some pellets from his body.
Deputy Ashanti Regional Commander, DCOP Fred Adu-Anim, and the Konongo Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent George Ohene-Boadi Bossman, led a team of senior police officers to visit the injured officers at the hospital.
They also interacted with members of the Operation Cowleg team stationed at Agogo.
The operations of the police-military team were strengthened after a Joy News Hotline Documentary titled, "Violent Shepherds", threw light on fatalities involving herdsmen-farmer clashes in Agogo, Kwahu, Kintampo and Berekum, respectively in the Ashanti, Eastern and Bono Ahafo regions.
The attack comes less than a week after traditional authorities in Agogo issued the herdsmen with a one week ultimatum to evacuate their cattle from the area.
The herdsmen until now, had accused the police-military team of killing about 200 cattle, an allegation police dismissed, saying few of them were killed in self-defence.
But it is unclear if the security officers responded to the attack.